Paul Tuthill

Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston.  He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester.  Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011.  Born and raised in western New York , Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester. 

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New England News
9:36 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Gaming Commissioners To Hold Hearing On Springfield Casino

Credit MGM Springfield

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is holding a public hearing in Springfield Tuesday on MGM’s plans for an $800 million casino.

This will likely be the last chance for the public to weigh in on the casino proposed for downtown Springfield before the commission awards the sole western Massachusetts casino license.   MGM is the only applicant.  Gaming commission chairman Stephen Crosby said MGM’s proposal seems solid.

" If people raise issues of mitigation or something we have not thought about there is room for tweaks in the proposal."

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Politics
7:32 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Special Election To Fill Vacant Seat In Massachusetts Legislature

A special election is being held in western Massachusetts Tuesday to fill a vacancy in the Massachusetts House.

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New England News
6:12 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

UMass Opens Springfield Center Campus Office

The welcome center at the UMass satellite campus in Springfield is now open to help enroll students for classes that start at the new campus in September
Credit WAMC

The University of Massachusetts opened its first satellite campus today.  The university is inviting people to sign up for classes that  start later this year in downtown Springfield.

University and city officials took part in a ribbon-cutting ceremony Monday -- with about 200 people looking on -- to mark the formal opening of the UMass Center at Springfield. 

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New England News
5:15 am
Fri March 28, 2014

PVTA Seeks Public Input On Service Changes

Credit WAMC

The largest regional transit authority in Massachusetts is holding a series of public hearings on proposed service improvements.

The Pioneer Valley Transit Authority is soliciting comments on proposals to add new crosstown routes, longer hours of service, and more frequent bus runs.   PVTA Administrator Mary MacInnes said it is the most sweeping service improvement plan in years.

" So, we really feel that we are going to dramatically increase ridership."

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New England News
7:11 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Boston Mayor Challenges Gambling Commission

The mayor of Boston is challenging the authority of state gaming regulators to decide if Boston residents should have a say on two proposed casinos.

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New England News
12:41 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Massachusetts Mourns Two Fallen Firefighters

Black bunting is placed on the Engine 33 firehouse in Boston's Bay Bay neighborhood.

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick has ordered flags flown at half-staff to honor two Boston firemen who died Wednesday in a wind-whipped apartment house blaze.

   Governor Patrick paid condolences Thursday morning at the fire house where  Lt Edward Walsh and firefighter Michael Kennedy were stationed.

   "My prayers and thoughts go to the families of those who were lost, the Walsh and Kennedy families. To the colleagues who survived and carry-on, my admiration and my thanks," said Patrick.

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New England News
6:21 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Worker-owned Upholstery Shop Brings Jobs To Poor Neighborhood

Alex Guevara of Springfield works to upholster the back of a restaurant booth at the Wellspring Upholstery Cooperative.
Credit WAMC

A community partnership is promoting an old business model – the worker- owned cooperative – as a way to revitalize the poorest neighborhoods of Springfield, Massachusetts.

An upholstery shop on the third floor of a century old factory building in Springfield’s South End neighborhood is the first business venture launched by the Wellspring collaborative.  Formed in 2011 it is a unique partnership of large local employers such as hospitals and universities, community groups, labor organizations, nonprofits and government agencies.

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New England News
4:27 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Birthplace Of Basketball Loses Professional Team

The Springfield Armor has reportedly played its last game at the Mass Mutual Center in Springfield, MA
Credit WAMC

Professional basketball is apparently leaving the city where the game of basketball was invented.

   The Springfield Armor, a team in the NBA’s Development League, will be sold and the franchise moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan, according to published reports in both Massachusetts and Michigan.  Spokespeople for the Springfield team and the league declined comment.  Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno said the news came as a surprise to him.

  " It is a setback. I am disappointed. I would like to see the Springfield Armor stay here, but I don't run their purse strings."

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New England News
3:18 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Higher Ed.Commissioner Expects More State Funding

Massachusetts Higher Education Commissioner Richard Freeland
Credit WAMC

The Massachusetts Commissioner of Higher Education says he’s hopeful the state’s community colleges will see a funding increase in the next state budget.

   The state’s community college system received a $20 million increase in state funding this year, and Governor Deval Patrick has a $13 million dollar increase in his proposed budget.  Speaking with trustees at Holyoke Community College Tuesday, Commissioner Richard Freeland said there may some adjustments in the performance-based formula for dividing up the money to the state’s 15 community colleges.

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New England News
6:27 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

$1 Million Donation Supports New Health Education Center

The new Center for Health Education at Holyoke Community College will be located in this former commercial photography studio on Jarvis Ave. in Holyoke
Credit WAMC

A western Massachusetts community college has announced a major contribution from a former professor to help launch a state of the art health education center.  The new facility will help meet the demand for skilled workers in the region’s growing health care industry.

Holyoke Community College at a meeting of the school’s board of trustees Tuesday morning announced a $1 million contribution to a $5.3 million campaign to equip a new center for health education.  College president William Messner said the center will open in the fall of 2015.

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